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Liz Kettle Artist, Author and Creator of the Stitch Meditation process

Stitch Journeys

Exploring life with needle and thread.

Relish this minute

breckenridge in october

Can you imagine being able to spend the weekend with these views and work at the same time? I was heads down in Breckenridge stitching away to meet a deadline for the Threads: the basics and beyond book. Yeah, life is tough! I won't tell you that in addition to breathtaking views I  was also surrounded by great friends who kept me laughing and singing and made me get back to work when I got distracted for too long. They cooked for me too! I am a lucky girl. I did suffer a cut on my finger if that  generates any sympathy.

So often in life we get caught up in working, family responsibilities and the rush of everyday life and forget to take time to take care of ourselves, to take time to enjoy the sweet pleasures of lingering over morning coffee with friends and basking in glorious sunsets. We forget to savor the present, the now. Take time now to breathe and relish this minute. That is my new mantra.

I hope your weekend was just as wonderful as mine.

breckenridge sunset
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Drawing Lessons

It has been 4 years since I decided that I wanted to improve my limited drawing and sketching skills. I bought books on how to draw, perused creative sketch web sites, and purchased a plethora of wonderful sketchbooks, pens, pencils and even a fancy silk pencil bag. I made schedules of when I would draw and told myself over and over that I was going to learn to draw. All of those purchases brought me no closer to sketching even though I would occasionally actually put pen to paper. My one foray into public sketching resulted in a museum employee looking over my shoulder and announcing that I obviously was not an artist!

first drawing

Today I made the big leap into formal lessons. I have a dear friend, Janet Sellers, who in addition to creating fine art and sculpture teaches art to children and adults.  I figure if she could be so successful with children she could teach even me. My lesson today was on how to use the arm not the hand, how to hold the pencil and an introduction to the kneaded eraser, proper posture and seeing shape, light and shadow. That hour flew by.  My drawing doesn’t look any better than the 5 year olds that Janet teaches regularly but my understanding of drawing is vastly improved. I had a lot of fun too! I will keep you all on my drawing progress.
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French Knot Obsession

french knots close up

I have become obsessed with french knots these days. I love them! They seem to be finding their way into a lot of my work these days.This is a sneek peek of one of the projects for the new book on Thread (Spring 2010). Aren't they yummy? These were stitched with a hand dyed silk floss. I love using hand dyed threads and may have gottten a little carried away with the number of french knots on this piece. I just couldn't seem to stop.

Speaking of books...I hear the new Cloth Paper Scissors has a review of Fabric Embellishing: The Basics and Beyond. I  hear we got a thumbs up review but I don't have my copy yet and with the snow storm we are currently enjoying I may not get it today either. I am not so good at waiting! Hmmm...maybe some more french knots will keep me occupied!
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What a Blast!

Market and Festival were such a blast! Exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. Not only are the quilt shows amazing but it is wonderful to be surrounded by so many people who love the same stuff I do...fabric, thread and stuff! Lots of fabulous stuff!

Here are some photos of the fun.

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Here I am demonstrating needle felting during Open Studios. I love participating in Open Studios because I get to meet people from all over the world. This year I met a woman from Russia who didn't speak any english but loved the silk paper I was working with. We traded a piece of silk paper for a sweet handmade doll. How cool is that?

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susan brubaker knapp

Susan Brubaker Knapp chatting in Open Studios. We shared the same times and it was great to get to know Susan a little.

making art pins in miu

Students working on art pins during my MIU class. Make it University classes are fast and fun. I love the variety of students from kids to adults. They all just jump in to learn and play.

artistic artifacts booth

The Artistic Artifacts booth...look at all that incredible stuff! Those hand dyed fabrics are truly luscious! A few had to come home to live with me. A little paint, some charms, just a few packs of lucite flower beads, a couple packs of hand dyed vintage trim...thats all I will admit to bringing home!
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